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NYC Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop

Natasha Nesic

With each stretch and bend, Melissa encouraged us to go deeper within ourselves. Breathe, listen to the funny inhabitants of our bellies. And as organs are wont to do, they responded appreciatively. This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017.

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Enjoyment

D.I.Y. Tea Tasting Journal

Heather Edwards

Why a tea journal? It makes it so easy to refer back to your favorite teas, remind you where you bought them, and give you ideas for gifting tea-loving friends or family. Yes, you could use Excel or any other spreadsheet software to keep your tasting notes. But doesn’t that defeats the charm, and intimacy, of the tea experience?

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History

History of the Tea Strainer

Samantha Albala

Documentation of tea tools such as the tea strainer appear in ancient history, the earliest models were likely made of bamboo, and later evolved into stainless steel, sterling silver, china, porcelain, silicon, and linen. However, using a tea tool to keep run away tea leaves out of a cup did not become a cited use of the strainer until the 17th century when Dutch merchants made tea more readily available to those outside of the Chinese dynasty.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 9: Out Like a Lion

Natasha Nesic

“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” It’s at this time of the year that we must say, “Screw it,” and stick our tongues out at the melancholy of the world. So, forget lambs. We’re sending March out like lions! March is no match for your Matcha...

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Enjoyment

Energize with Tea!

Heather Edwards

One of the fascinations about true tea, that precious leaf of the Camellia sinensis, is its ability to relax the body, energize the spirit, and sharpen mind. What shall you apply all that energy to? The practice of meditation? A hike in the woods? The demands on your mental energy tackling the problems of work or volunteering? Dancing the night away?

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Tea for Two (or More!)

Samantha Albala

A truth universally held by tea drinkers is that a great cup of tea is made even more wonderful when shared with others, encouraging you to get together with one or more friends and bond over a fresh cup. Why not, instead of just an afternoon tea, devote an entire day to tea? In this TeaMuse article, you'll find a few suggestions on how to share and celebrate your love of tea with a “Tea Day” celebration.

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How to Get Out of Your Winter Slump

Luke Pabst

March is upon us! The shortest, yet obviously worst month of the year, is now over. Seriously, who ACTUALLY likes February? Fortunately, March is upon us now, which brings with it a plethora of goodness. The “almost there but not quite yet” month, where winter is being slowly eradicated and spring is almost within reach. Exercise routines, eating habits, recreational activities, and even the tea we drink begins to change.

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Health & Beauty

Take Heart with Heart-Healthy Teas

Natasha Nesic

Be honest with yourself: how often do you think about your heart? Usually, it’s in the metaphorical sense—love, emotion, all those warm fuzzy feelings that make us curl up with a cup of tea. But let’s not forget that the heart is a living organ, as well! It’s a pumping, breathing machine that needs just as much nourishment and understanding as any other part of our body.

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Health & Beauty Tea is perfect for a few minutes of "Me Time"

Self Care, and Tea to Get You There...

Diana Rosen

In this world with a constant influx of news and information, deadlines for work and family, and crossing off those endless items on your to-do list, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Naturally, we think tea can be used as antidote to all of the stressors in life. You might want to consider some of these suggestions for utilizing tea to de-stress, calm yourself, and practice self-care…

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Health & Beauty

DIY Concentrated Beau-TEA Cream

Samantha Albala

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it is important to nurture it with the best nature has to offer. With that in mind, tea is a great skin ally because of its many magical properties. Generous in both taste and aroma, a tea blend’s mixture of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can boost any basic beauTea cream ingredients that are already in your pantry, creating a luxurious treat for your skin.

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Health & Beauty

Healthy Tea Habits

Tiffany Picard

Feeling frazzled? You’re not alone. It happens to the best of us! You might feel like life is too busy for you to indulge in self-care, but nothing could be further from the truth. Life’s juggling act can sometimes feel like a full-on circus show. They keep throwing in chairs and flower vases and plates... and it’s all you can do to keep everything in the air without having it come crashing down...

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Health & Beauty Savasana/Corpse Pose

Yoga Break 7: Hope Springs Eternal with Savasana

Natasha Nesic

Hey there, tea lovers! We’re locked in the dead of winter. It only makes sense that we get into Corpse Pose and, luckily, Savasana is the easiest pose you can ever attempt in yoga. It's just you and the floor, rejuvenating your circulation by sheer gravity working on your muscles, joints, and nervous system in contact with the ground beneath you. (Science is beautiful.)

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Opinions Warm up with a hot cup of tea with winter

Winter Warming Teas

Samantha Albala

ll teas can create a snug comfortable feeling that shelters you from the harsh bitter cold outside. However, there are some teas that are more efficient at warming the body inside and out. The dropping temperatures and shorter days of the winter season can leave you shivering and feeling sluggish. Eating well, exercise, plenty of sleep and tea will help keep the body at peak performance.

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Sleepaway Sip-Track 2017

Natasha Nesic

This is a job for TeaJay Gyoku-Roshi, master DJ sommelier. Last January he brought back the sun, so now let him soothe your slumber, with beats for the best rest this side of the Mississippi. All these pairings are caffeine-free, and you may go through the whole track, or do it tea by tea, song by song on repeat, depending on your goals for maximum sleep effect.

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Holiday Tea Cocktails

Sara Shacket

The holidays have arrived and whether you are celebrating with a group, or just a couple of friends, it’s time to break out that cocktail shaker! Adding tea to your cocktails will give them a unique and memorable twist.

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History Holiday Teas

Holiday Tea Parties & Temperance in the 1800s

Luke Pabst

In the late 1700s and 1800s, alcohol consumption in the UK was widespread and rowdy. Gin and beer were England's go-to liquid consumables at the time, tag-teaming the Victorian's into a perpetual drunkenness. But along came the steaming glorious savior, that cheap precious drink of a divine nature itself, which we so heartily refer to as Tea.

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